AirDance New Mexico

Flying low over the high desert

Dara Minkin and Amy Bourque on our aerial cube,
from our November 2013, Whichever Way the Wind Blows

Photography courtesy of Guadalupe Chavez

AirDance New Mexico is a company of multi-disciplinary artists who collaborate with each other to create exciting, innovative performances, featuring their critically acclaimed aerial dances and multi-media movement theater works. AirDance productions incorporate trapezes, aerial fabric, swings, hoops, aerial cube, and invented apparatus and interactive sets, created from a variety of materials. Performances feature original music by local artists and may include original scripts, projections, unusual props, and whatever else may strike our fancy. AirDance shows seek to entertain while exploring our lives and dreams, shedding light on hidden aspects of our collective being. AirDance New Mexico is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in 2011. AirDance New Mexico offers classes and workshops at our home, the AirDance ArtSpace, and is available for special workshops and performances for your group or organization.

Katy Andersen, Christina Cavaleri, and Joanna Furgal,
from our May 2014 show, Fight or Flight

Photography courtesy of Jeff Hartzer



1:00-3:00 pm, Saturday, July 18, 2015

Daniel Patrick is a professional acrobat and aerialist currently working as a company member with Aerial Horizon in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of the professional training programs at the New England Center for Circus Arts where he studied with elite members of the international circus arts community. This is Daniel's second time teaching at AirDance. For more about Daniel, see his website, ArtAcro.


6:30-8:30 pm, Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gina Shorten is a dancer, choreographer, acrobatic stilter, actor and so much more! She has toured and performed with a number of groups and currently resides in Colombia, where she works with Nemcatacoa Teatro and Con Cuerpo. Gina brings all her eclectic training into her work, emphasizing the dance and theatricality of acrobatics. For more about Gina, please see her website, Gina Marie.

$30/person early-bird rate for each workshop if register by 7 pm July 8th.
$35/person each workshop thereafter and at the door.

Registration encouraged for both workshops. Inquire about suitability for minors. A liability waiver must by signed for each participant. To reserve a spot, please email us or leave a message at (505)842-9418. To register and pre-pay, please CLICK HERE and scroll down our registration page.

Scroll down for information on our weekly aerial arts classes for adults and children.


ANIMALES ANIMADOS: Monsters Under the Bed
A benefit performance for Gatas y Vatas
Featuring original choreography and live original music!
4:30 pm, Sunday, August 16th at Tiguex Park, 1800 Mountain Road NW. FREE, GRATIS, etc.

Our second (now annual) high-flying collaboration with local musicians in the park to support emerging female musical artists. This year our adult company is also collaborating with our now nearly one-year old junior company! We'll have food and drink and merch available to make your family outing in the park complete!

2 pm, Sunday, September 27 at the AirDance ArtSpace
Our first showcase for student aerialists! Plus an art fair, live music and more artsy stuff!
$5 suggested donation at the door.
More info coming soon.

Friday and Saturday, November 13-14 at 8 pm
Sunday, November 15 at 2 pm
Tickets: $5-$15

At the AirDance ArtSpace

The adult and junior companies combine with local musicians performing live to stage their interpretation of an old-fashioned carnival. Promises to be an exciting and strange 90 minutes of freaky, family-oriented entertainment!

 AirDance New Mexico is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

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Many thanks to everyone who made our Spring 2015 a success!

Our May production featured 12 aerialists and a 6-member live band in a critically acclaimed celebration of the abnormal, dysfunctional, and undesirable aspects of life!


Photography courtesy of Guadalupe Chavez

The Flying Monkeys, our Junior Company of 11 talented young women, debuted their original aerial choreography to sold-out crowds last March! Audiences were blown away by this full production. (AirDance just doesn't do recitals!)

Contact AirDance New Mexico:
Email: AirDance New Mexico
Phone: (505)842-9418

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AirDance New Mexico classes at the AirDance ArtSpace,
3030 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

Mixed-Aerial Classes for Adults and older Teens*
Mondays, 6-7 pm, starting June 1st
Instruction on trapezes, lyras (aerial hoops), silks (aerial fabric), and more!
Open to all experience levels; drop-ins welcome; individualized attention

Aerial Fabric Lab for Adults and older Teens*
Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, starting June 3rd (No class July 1st. Special guest workshop on July 22nd.)
An ongoing class concentrating on skill and sequence building specific to silks
Students need not have previous experience with aerial fabric; regular participation encouraged.

*No registration or previous experience required. Inquire about suitability for minors. A liability waiver must by signed for each participant. To purchase class cards in advance and to view our cancellation and refund policy, please CLICK HERE to see registration page.

$15/single class; $65 for 5-class card; $120 for 10-class card
Class cards may be used for any and all combinations of
adult classes during the session and may be shared.

For the youngsters, we have ...

Mixed-Aerial Classes for Children and Adolescents (ages 8-14)
Saturdays, 1:30-2:45 pm, starting June 6th (No class July 4th.)
Instruction in trapezes, lyras (aerial hoops), and aerial fabric
$120 for all 10 classes; $65 for 5 classes. (This class not available on drop-in basis. Regular attendance highly encouraged.)
Registration required. CLICK HERE for registration information and to prepay via PayPal.

Junior Company
Junior Company members are experienced adolescent/teen students of AirDance New Mexico, committed to collaboratively creating original performances. Company currently full. Auditions for new members will take place August 2015. If interested in aerial instruction for your child in addition to our Saturday class, please contact us. We offer private, semi-private and small group lessons by appointment. (Older teens may also be eligible to participate in adult classes.)

For everyone ...

Private, semi-private, and group lessons and workshops
AirDance New Mexico offers private, semi-private, and small group (3-4 people) lessons in aerial arts, conditioning, and choreography by appointment. We also offer special workshops for your small to large group (5-16 people) in trapeze, lyra, silks, or any combination. Great way to celebrate a birthday, bachelorette party, graduation, promotion, or just an excuse to get together and sweat and have fun. We are also available to conduct workshops for educational institutions and special needs populations. Please inquire with us. (Not currently available for children younger than 8 years of age.)

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What should I wear to AirDance classes?
The aerial arts present clothing limitations. We recommend flexible, body-hugging clothing that will stay in place when hanging upside down. Clothing should have NO hard fasteners or decorations (zippers, snaps, rhinestones, etc.). Torso should be fully covered. Good to have thighs and knees covered for trapeze and lyra (hoop), although not essential. Long or capri leggings recommended for fabric (silks). Supportive undergarments are strongly recommended for males, especially for working on the silks. We ask that you remove all jewelry, especially for fabric, and secure long hair away from your face. Please have fingernails and toenails neatly trimmed for fabric work. (Wow, those silks are really demanding!)

Contact AirDance New Mexico:
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Phone: (505)842-9418


AirDance New Mexico performance montage 2012-2014

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AirDance New Mexico enjoys the thin air up there in Albuquerque!

Thanks to AbqARTS and The Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens for this spot!


Josh Burgess and Morgan Harris,
from our 2012 show, Fear of Falling

Photo by Jeff Hartzer


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Donations to AirDance New Mexico of all shapes and sizes are gratefully accepted at any time and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law!

For more information:

AirDance New Mexico, Inc.
P.O. Box 25892
Albuquerque, NM 87125-0892
(505) 842-9418

Click to e-mail AirDance New Mexico

 AirDance New Mexico is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

Just a little of our day-old press ...

Feature story about show, Fear of Falling, in the UNM Daily Lobo, "Free Form Falling" (2/2/12)

KUNM "Performance New Mexico" interview Spencer Beckwith and Debra Landau (aired 2/9/12)

2012 Arts/Dance in Review "Audiences Heard the Dance, Saw the Music" Albuquerque Journal (12/30/2012)

Website design and hosting donated by Aquila Arts LLC.

AirDance New Mexico recommends C and H Productions for all your video production needs. Excellent service! Fabulous result!

For local dance clothing and dance shoes, visit New Mexico Dancewear!

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Debra Landau

Artistic Director Debra Landau performs Spiderwoman in Albuquerque's KIMO Theater, 1998

"A circus [of] trapezes, trampolines and ropes. Monologues on everything from spitting to religion. Live rock music and videotapes. Are you thinking modern dance? Dancer/choreographer Debra Landau could change your mind about the art form."

Anthony DellaFlora, The Albuquerque Journal



AirDance New Mexico (the old pre-incorporation incarnation) on You Tube


About AirDance New Mexico and Artistic Director Debra Landau

"Landau is one of those rare artists who can combine voice quality and dance in a mutually enhancing harmony. Affinities, done to a rich and moving text by Jeff Hartzer, demonstrated her ability to fulfill verbal images with movement sub-text."

Jennifer Noyer, The Albuquerque Journal

"Debra Landau [is] Apollonian grace."

John Gwynn, The New Mexican

"Shaman's Death, an air dance on a trapeze, allows the dancer/choreographer freedom to explore air itself as a metaphor . . . and evoked images of transformation. [The trapeze's] magical powers seemed to free the dancer to glide, soar and explore her body's placement in the world-space of the theater."

Jennifer Noyer, The Albuquerque Journal

"Debra Landau was compelling in her sinister, sinuous role . . . Ikebana had a . . . soothing, meditative quality, with gentle movements that culminated in striking, sculptural poses."

Beth Bradley, The New Mexican

"Her wonderful expressiveness added . . . personality and depth to [the] monologue."

John Mandes, The Albuquerque Tribune

"Apparently used a single rope suspended from above the stage which divided into two strands midway down in space. The dancer rose serenely from the floor . . . and projected an almost supernatural presence."

Jennifer Noyer, The Albuquerque Journal

"A dancer who adds a bit of the circus to her performance."

Dave Brown, KGGM/KRQE TV, Albuquerque

"In many ways Landau confronts the mental barriers that restrict physical movement."

Jennifer Gubrud, The Daily Lobo




AirDance New Mexico is in residence at the AirDance ArtSpace. Originally a church built in the 1930s, the ArtSpace has been renovated to include an intimate black-box-style theatrical performance space with beautiful, sprung oak floors and ceiling beams for rigging aerial apparatus, sets, etc. The building also has meeting spaces, including a foyer and a Green Room. It is accessible to all.

AirDance ArtSpace

phone: 505.842.9418


airdance artspace

AirDance ArtSpace Theater/Performance Space

photo ©2004 by Anthony Richardson



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